A quick story: I came across a leader the other day who was attending a development programme simply so they could say, hand on heart to their staff members, that they’d experienced it and were recommending it for the right reasons for their own development. A simple message: Great leadership.
I hear a lot about stretch and challenge in the workplace – I even contribute to some conversations where people are trying to progress, to move from A to B on a journey of self-awareness or leadership development. But it struck me the other day that it’s sometimes ok to stay where you are –… Read More Especially 12 years . . .
A wonderful colleague described how, in a difficult time at work, they had once “trod the path of least resistance” when being managed by a bad manager. A manager who didn’t believe in staff development, who argued openly with colleagues, and who led a dysfunctional team (because they couldn’t manage). And the result? You can… Read More Excuse me . . .
A friend sent me a video link for a wine cooler that appears out of the ground, in your living room, at the touch of a button, delivering your tipple perfectly cooled and with such ease it’s bordering on the lazy. Brilliant! And this, on top of a weekend away at a family wedding where… Read More With the times . . .
# 8 in a series of 10 weekly 10 minute challenges Imagine if you allowed yourself just 10 minutes in each and every day to think about you Just 10 minutes of quiet time, of reflection, of focus. Not much is it? Imagine what you might achieve, and how you might feel. Print it out, cut… Read More Monday morning 10 minute challenge, # 8
# 4 in a series of 10 weekly 10 minute challenges Imagine if you allowed yourself just 10 minutes in each and every day to think about you Just 10 minutes of quiet time, of reflection, of focus. Not much is it? Imagine what you might achieve, and how you might feel Print it out, cut it out,… Read More Monday morning 10 minute challenge, # 4
The Office for National Statistics tells us that 65 to 79 is the happiest age group for adults. What are you waiting for?
I’ve loved Middlemarch since I first read it at 18. I’ve only just realised that Miss Eliot knew a thing or two about self-awareness, feedback and development . . .
I heard a lovely story a few years ago about someone who had one of the best development plans ever. The storyteller told of not a complicated form, or an over-lengthy list of actions, nor of a tedious template or someone else’s directive (I know what you need to do: you need to create a development… Read More Time to develop . . .
Working with a group of first line managers last week reminded me that good leadership development is as much about learning something new as it is about reaffirming that what you’re already doing is fine. This is especially true of many people I work with who are all so genuinely modest that they sometimes forget to… Read More 10 minutes of me time . . .